Big Time Brewery & Alehouse

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BEER AVG
3.88/5
Big Time Brewery & AlehouseBig Time Brewery & Alehouse
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

4133 University Way NE
Seattle, Washington, 98105
United States

(206) 545-4509 | map
www.bigtimebrewery.com

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BEER STATS
Beers:
45
Reviews:
258
Ratings:
462
PLACE STATS
Score:
91
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
54
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
6.36%
 
 
Taps:
10
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 38 | Ratings: 54
Reviews by bigkingken:
Photo of bigkingken
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Located on a highly commercialized street just south of Washington University, this brewpub somehow manages to shrug off the pop-culture surrounding it and exude a local bar feel. The interior is woody, rustic, homey and exactly what I look for in a neighborhood bar. I would think I was in some Midwest blue-collar bar if I didn't know any better. I loved the eclectic decorations and the random table sizes and chairs.

The menu is very limited. You can get pizza, sandwiches, chili and baked potatoes. That's about it. And it's also expensive. A 8-inch personal pan pizza will run you about $9.00. If it were about two bucks cheaper, it'd be perfect. Because even though the pizza and chili is very good, it is still overpriced. Minus points for no dessert but pre-wrapped cookies.

Astoundingly good beer for such a small operation. There were 10 to choose from, and each was impressive. I could go on and on about seven of their beers which I found to be above average, but I'll focus on the coal porter, which was offered on cask. The smooth creamyness, slightly warm beer with a deep, complex taste profile knocked my socks off. If you like beer, this is the place to be. I can't believe a place with this good of homemade beer is on a college campus.

But again, it's overpriced. A sampler of 4, 4-ounce beers ran $5, which is more than a pint. I'd rather smaller samplers of each beer for less per ounce than a pint, which is the way most places run it.

The bartender was on top of her game. Food orders are taken by the customer directly to the food window, which I'm fine with. The order comes out promptly. Not bad.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of EdwardAbbey
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of Aball4620
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Canada_Dan
4.01/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of bumchilly25
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Donkster46
3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of takusan1000
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3

The place on the Ave for grad students to hang out and talk Deleuze, for sports fans to mingle and watch the Seahawks get so far to only disappoint, and for everyperson to linger. Beer is great, vibe also. Big screen TVs are something one should be prepared for. I miss the shuffleboard.

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Photo of Hawkfish
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of Anaxagoris
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of LouZ
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of ZachT
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of snaotheus
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Prices are OK. Food is fine (not great, not bad). Beer is good to quite good. Service...there isn't service. They have a counter you can walk to for food orders, and you can walk to the bar for drinks. Which is fine.

We tried every beer they had on tap; several solid IPAs and their nice wheatwine, as well as a couple pales and a porter. I don't make it here often just because it's off my beaten path.

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Photo of Mok
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of strongaf
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of SavageHopHead
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of KStark
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of BillRoth
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of vermilcj
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Hopprof
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

The best feature of this place is that they specialize in IPA's. They currently have a whopping five of them online, including a cask version of the Scarlet Fire, which I am enjoying as I post this. Speaking of the Scarlet Fire, it purveys sharp floral bitterness, an excellent take on the West Coast IPA. I pick up grassy notes and somewhat of a lemony finish. I would highly recommend this place, but be sure to eat lunch or dinner before arriving. Its a quasi college bar (adjacent to the U of W campus), and their menu consists of....pizza, pizza, and oh, some pizza.

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Photo of Smurf2055
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

For what it is, it’s great. Brewpub on a College Ave, usually has a decent selection, some really good special beers too, great food. I really enjoy it. My personal favorite bar on the Ave, I’m always convincing my friends to go here instead of Finn’s.

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Photo of Hopmodium
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Pommes frites go great with most any beer. Couple that with great sauces and you cannot go wrong. My lady and I tried all 3 IPA's and the Rye beer on tap and were delighted considering how many smaller breweries skimp on hops and make a sub-par IPA. Staff was quite friendly and outgoing. Got the wrong sauce from what I ordered and still was satisfied. Grabbed a bottle to go for a reasonable price.

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Photo of jpbebeau
4/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I stopped in here for the first time the other day—dragged my wife and daughter along to try out Whiny the Complainer.

First, I was glad I could bring in the family during the day.

It's a large space with nice seating, people on computers, drinking beer, snacking on food.

Several of their own beers on tap, sadly only had time to try one.

Were there during happy hour where pints are $1 off and there's a small happy hour food menu. We had basic nachos and I ruined my palate. Pizza looked to be the main menu item.

Not a bad place to get a couple beers, study, surf the internet, read a book, eat a pizza...all at once. Also didn't feel too old, despite its location—might've been because we were there at 4 o'clock in the afternoon.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

So I went on the head brewers last day...apparently the head brewer from Pike was going to take his place (can't remember names).

I went for a midday pint during spring break last year (APhA conference) and had one hell of a time finding the place...I ended up taking a bus out to visit that bar exclusively (it's not within walking distance from dt by any means).

The place had a decent lunch crowd (mainly mexican stuff) and the bar certainly had available seating. The place was set up a little strange as I remember, but had decent decor and atmosphere. It's definitely not a dive bar.
Their beer selection was relatively quaint, sever or eight taps running with growler fills available.
I'm glad I tried the breakfast cereal killer stout (house brewed) and snagged one of their coasters for my collection. It's a great addition to the campus scene and I would love a place like it in Buffalo.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

My orgiginal review was nearly four years old since I moved away to Korea and CA for several years. Not much has changed but I am re-reviewing from old to new now.

A: On a Saturday after lunch we walked in and there was perhaps 20 people here. I did notice the change to there minor policy. Old and new folk here.

Q: The establishment is quality as are most of the Big Time beers

S: Always nice and prompt

S: Very good. They always have a wide variety ranging from IPAs x 2, Stouts, Belgians and a nice spectrum of American styles and staples. Today I had the Jack Candi Grand Cru which was ehhh and I picked up an overpriced bomber of Old Wolly Barleywine

F: I have had the pizzas here which are usually pretty good

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Big Time Brewery & Alehouse in Seattle, WA
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